Slack Release Notes - macOS Beta
- We undid changes that have been causing some people to occasionally miss notifications with 3.0.0. You will now miss nothing. Unless you want to.
- Clicking on and replying to notifications is now also more reliable.
- macOS 10.13 High Sierra has a bug that impacts some 2012-2013 MacBook Pros, causing display problems with Slack. We have a temporary fix for these devices that may make performance slightly worse, but will at least avoid flickering and graphics glitches. Performant AND non-glitchy is the next step.
- When you’re in a lot of workspaces, the app now uses much less memory, and starting up is faster, to boot.
- And flipping between those workspaces is now faster. Not super-sonic, but certainly somewhere between a jiffy and lickety-split.
- We shunted the sign-in page out of the app — it's now rerouted to a new window, for reasons of reliability.
- A new-fangled lock badge subtly lets you know which workspaces you're currently signed out of. Or of which you're currently signed out. Either way.
- Our start up screen, spruced-up and slimmed-down, is worth a gander — as is the helpful way that dates now stick to the top of a channel while scrolling through messages. Though if you don't notice them, but quietly feel a little bit happier for reasons you can't put your finger on, that's cool too.
- It’s been a long time coming but brings us joy to say: 100% less reloading during drag and drop. How much? 100%. That's all the percents, people. Sorry about the previous frustration.
- For those encountering a screen claiming "Something’s not working", it turns out the main thing not working was this screen: it is no more.
- If you kept the app running for a long time, you might be on the receiving end of two consecutive updates. Now good things come to those who wait, one-at-a-time, as is proper.
- The sidebar now scoots considerately out of the way when viewing full-screen video.
- We fixed exiting full-screen video when pressing the aptly-named “Escape” key.
- The blackout caused by a window being closed while full-screen, with one request confoundingly eclipsing the other, has been sunsetted.
- Found: One missing
Cmd-1 hotkey. Please call 1-800-SLACKME to claim. Don't actually call that. It doesn't do anything. Unlike the hotkey (now).
- Should you forget what app you’re using, the About Slack window is all new and loads much faster than before.
- Scrolling through messages is flicker-free.
- There are now no more crashes in High Sierra when starting up the app.
- Composing text in an IME (for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean customers) no longer inserts zero-width spaces; in other words, it’s blank-box-free.
- The diacritics menu – the place where the alphabet goes to try on different hats and accents – no longer adds a duplicate letter to your input once you've chosen the one you want. We've said it before, but this time we really mëean it.
- Pinch-to-zoom gestures could, sometimes, tragically, irreversibly zoom. You can now make things on your screen smaller again without resorting to moving your computer far away.
- The popup that appears when you look up the definition of a word has been realigned to make more sense.
- And finally, sometimes selecting text in the search box would move the window around. You could say… it was a bit of a drag.
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- Support for a top secret, very hush-hush, highly classified and very exciting new feature that we wish we could call by name, but we cannot.
- All mentions of “team” have been changed to “workspace” when referring to the app, though not when referring to the people in it. You create a workspace. You invite people from your team. Simple!
- Fixed: A few rare crashes when making a call and/or screen sharing on a call are now, we believe, on the brink of extinction - or possibly, we hope, gone forever.
- Fixed: An issue where the app would hang if your OS reported that you were in certain timezones
- Fixed: You may have been running into a
Something's Not Working screen when waking your computer from sleep. Turns out the thing not working was that. So we fixed it.
- You're nearly finished signing in when suddenly – bonk – you're brought back to the first page. Hey, what gives? Please accept our apologies and, in this version, 100% less bonking.
- Entering characters from the accent menu no longer inserts an extra character. Voilà señorita: that souffleé is now an (edible) soufflé.
- The app now stores some login information on the keychain. So if a passerby requests permission (a dialog, not a stranger), do try and approve it.
- File downloads are now pausable and – in perhaps a master stroke of matchmaking – resumable too.
- A bevy of changes to make the app more keyboard navigable.
- We’ve adjusted the app icon, but just a skosh. Putting our best foot forward.
- Should the worst happen and the app fail to load, you'll see a less dreadful error page and perhaps even a code you can share.
- Like an electrically-motivated vampire was Slack to your laptop’s battery. Put down the garlic; leave the stakes at home: we’ve done the slaying on our end.
- If you’ve set the app to start hidden in your system login items, it will listen to you.
- In a similar vein, if you send a reply from an alert-style notification, your teammates will hear you.
- We spliced some wires we shouldn’t have, causing a loading screen to flash briefly after signing into a team. Now it’s as it should be.
- The team sidebar is no longer touch-challenged. Tap, flick, and drag teams to your heart’s content.
- Cancelling a running download is 38% less crashy. For when you decide you didn’t need that third gif after all.
- Sometimes if you changed networks, we used to rouse from sleep in a bit of a daze, greeting you with a blank screen. Now, we awaken bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Or at the very least, with your team displayed.
- Where, in rare cases, some external links didn't end up pointing to the right place when you clicked them, they now do.
- Video playback should now be much smoother, and nicer to your network.
- On certain keyboard layouts, hitting backspace didn't actually delete the last character, which was a surprise, but a surprise of the lesser kind - there is now one fewer lesser surprise.
- Unexplainably, context menus and spell-check stopped working in some teams. OK: we have an explanation but we'd rather not discuss it. It's embarrassing. Rest easy knowing that it's fixed here.
- We found – and cast out – the culprit behind high resource usage while the app's sitting idle.
- If you were experiencing issues making calls on macOS 10.10, you should no longer. Update and keep calling.
- We revamped video calls, making the experience more intuitive, and more attractive. As a bonus, they're more resource efficient and now let you change audio devices during a call. If that's the kind of thing you need to do.
- We paved over a series of potholes that were strewn about the app, making crashes far less likely.
- Should you ever wish to say goodbye to one of your teams, a right-click > Remove from the sidebar will do the trick now more reliably than before.
- Switching teams using the numbered shortcuts is noticeably faster. We would say "37%" if we were forced to put a number on it. Fortunately, we aren't, and we won't.
- Opening a context menu won't freeze videos or gifs playing in the app.
- We dusted off the cobwebs in the app menu and composted a few menu items that weren't useful when signed into one team.
- The default window size is a smidgen larger. You won't notice, because your window will keep being the same size it's always been. That's just the way it is, and we don't want it to change.
- Our spellchecker would occasionally mark correctly spelled words as incorrect. It had ONE job. It now performs it.
- We made the act of signing in more reliable for teams using SSO.
- For the times when Slack just... doesn't: try Help > Clear Cache and Restart. It has all the nougaty goodness of Reset App Data, without the stale aftertaste of losing your teams.
- The way we load teams you don’t view often has been changed to improve the memory footprint of the app. One day, it will be a pitter patter of tiny footprints. For now, it’s a tad slower, a little less hefty, and a lot more attractive. Think “brontosaurus in a nice hat.”
- Folks consistently unable to load the app will now be greeted by a troubleshooting page that offers suggestions on making their situation better. (Spoiler: it's usually to do with over-zealous antivirus software).
- Those pasting text with style into a Post then finding their text to have "no style" can now Paste & Match Style under the Edit menu.
- You can see our Help Center documentation in – of all places – the Help menu. The almost over-intuitively named Open Help Center item will be your friend.
- Fixed: Waking Slack after hibernation or a system crash occasionally found all your teams missing. Thank you for your patience, and sorry for the inconvenience; it no longer should.
- Fixed: Some bold explorers moved their user profile off of the default drive and started the app to find nothing but a cryptic error message. We weren't prepared for this boldness, but have since girded our loins. Fine, explorers: Set your profiles free.
- Fixed: A rare bug where team icons shuffled out of formation in the sidebar. They're more stoic and sticky and as a bonus, rearranging them is smoother.
- Fixed: Customers typing in languages that use IME composition (Korean, for example) will find that the message input is 82% stickier.
- We discovered that removing a bunch of unnecessary processes improved app startup time. Who knew? Less really is more. Or at least, less is more-faster. Or should that be fewer? Whatever: It's better.
- We simplified the way we remember your teams and app settings. This shouldn't affect much, aside from some bugs wherein we forgot your teams or app settings, which are now fixed.
- For the savvy troubleshooter, a new tool: Help > Show Logs in Finder will package up some app diagnostic files, should you ever need them.
- You'll now receive an OS notification when you join or leave the beta program. Our apologies to the folks previously confounded by an perplexingly inoperable Join the beta button.
- Our zoom levels now match the Chrome browser, so you should feel right at home (so long as your home is Chrome).
- An infrequent crash when quitting the app has been dispatched.
- A slightly more frequent crash while checking for updates; eliminated.
- Signing out of teams from the right-click menu is 46.8% more reliable.
- And finally, if you had multiple displays, new windows (such as a call or a Post) would appear on the primary display instead of the display that Slack was on. Rather than submit this to a physics journal for peer review, we decided to fix it. All is as it should be.
- There was a small bug in Calls. We don’t think you saw it, but we fixed it anyway.
- Window zoom jumping back and forth? No longer–we locked it down and threw away the key.
- Contractions aren't causing spellcheck errors any longer, unless tehy're misspelled.
- We fixed a problem with idle timing that made you look inactive and unavailable when truth be told, you were quite busy and attentive. If you were receiving a few too many mobile notifications, this was the culprit.
- When typing in languages that require input composition, (Korean, for example!) switching between the input method editor and our app caused characters to go missing.
Slack 2.3.0 GA
- Some typing lag when pasting into the message input has been squashed.
- An issue with our updater not detecting updates. You had one job!
- Turns out that many of you found the system menu icon less useful than we thought (or: not useful at all). So, back to the drawing board! We'll bring this feature back when we find more for it to do.
- If you're only signed into a single team, we'll revert to showing the titlebar, and hide the sidebar too. It's mostly wasted space, and you know what your mother said: waste-not, want-not.
- Signing into a new team gets the same full-screen treatment as our other dialogs, because your 8th team could be just as important as your 1st.
- The app should start up a bit faster. You might not even notice, if we hadn't told you just now.
- You're now able to approve (and then, with a lighthearted click, open) deep links from other apps.
- We tweaked the channel header to be more amenable to dragging. Things that you would expect to drag are indeed draggable. And things you might not want to drag? Well–try them and see.
- If you're using basic authentication to sign into a team, you'll be relieved to find that your credentials work this time around.
- Opening Slack from a Slack-flavored link (say, a magic login email) is 100% more reliable.
- Opening other windows–like Posts–while the main window was in fullscreen was a bit inconsistent. We've smoothed out the imperfections.
- If you don't have a team icon set, we instead show the initials of your team name in the sidebar. Astute observers noticed that those initials were too bright when the team was not selected, and (gasp) they didn't support Unicode characters, such as emoji. All of this has been rectified.
- A truly duplicitous scenario involving text substitutions, where the message you were typing would be reversed, if you declared a substitution and a replacement that used the same word.
- Signing out from a team using the right-click menu should work every time.
- In a similar vein, switching to a different team using the quick-switcher should work every time.
- We've removed the titlebar from the app window for a streamlined, modern look. High fashion.
- A redesigned team sidebar with better support for light themes, and, as a bonus, it scrolls if you're signed into too many teams (you cosmopolitan you)!
- Use Help > Report Issue to send feedback or file a bug. It attaches your log files automatically, because who has the time for attachments?